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The City of Saint Paul is the 2nd largest city in Minnesota with a population of 302,329 as of July 1, 2021. Saint Paul ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Saint Paul is located at latitude 44.9444 and longitude -93.0933 in Ramsey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saint Paul encompass a land area of 51.98 sq. miles and a water area of 4.2 sq. miles. Ramsey County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 787 feet.

The City of Saint Paul has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Saint Paul: City of Saint Paul, Imnizha ska.

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Saint Paul, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 302,329 (100%)
Population in Households 291,474 (96.4%)
Population in Families 207,676 (68.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,855 ( 3.6%)
Population Density 5,817
Diversity Index2 72


Median Household Income $60,407
Average Household Income $82,003
% of Income for Mortgage4 18%
Per Capita Income $32,163
Wealth Index5 74


Total HU (Housing Units) 127,701 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 61,867 (48.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 56,208 (44.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,626 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $251,862
Average Home Value $299,971
Housing Affordability Index3 121


Total Households 118,075
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 61,844
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.52% 0.69%
Households 0.55% 0.75%
Families 0.32% 0.58%
Median Household Income   2.24%
Per Capita Income   2.45%
Owner Occupied HU   0.89%

Saint Paul, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saint Paul to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density # 5 100th
Median Household Income # 493 46th
Housing Affordability Index # 175 19th
Per Capita Income # 420 53rd
Diversity Index # 6 99th

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